April 2016

1920s Stella Concert Size Spruce/Birch

Here we have a Stella  from the early 1920s again. The guitar got played a lot and you can hear the (almost) 100 years of  life in very tone you play.  It is a mid-level model with a high grade spruce top and solid birch back and sides.

The top edge and the soundhole has the smaller type of rope purfling.

But the real sensation is the back, as you will see below.


The guitar has the original  yellow "Stella Guitar"  label with some damages.

It has concert size with a lower bout of 

33,5cm (13,2").  Upper bout is 24,0cm (9,45").  Scale length is 63,5 cm (25").

High grade spruce top. Top edge is bound with celluloide.

The smaller type of rope binding, all around the soundhole and top edge.

Original "Stella Guitar" label.

Ain't that beautiful? It is spring time. It is one of the most beautiful decals i've ever seen. The back is solid birch, the neck poplar.

Soild birch sides. Body is  8,9 cm (3,5") deep at the lower bout

Original "plug on" tuners. New ebony nut . Nut wide is only 43 mm (1,7"). 

New brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle and the original pearl inlaied pins.

The Sound

The guitar has a very defined, balanced tone.  Much bass, full and rich sound.

The spruce tops gives  a wide range of dynamic and a huge bark to it .

It sounds great for all types of blues. For the video i choosed a Charley Patton tune, the beautiful  "Tom Rushen Blues".


 Charley Patton  holding a 6-string parlor guitar, probably a Stromberg made instrument. Patton owned many different instruments Gibsons, Washburns , Stellas.

It is well known that he preferred playing Stellas, because of tone and volume.


It is said that he smashed a Washburn

guitar during a live performance, because

the guitar was not loud enough.

Charley Patton (born in Hinds County, Mississippi) is considerd to be one of  the most important musicians from the Mississippi Delta.  He recorded between 1929 and 1934 for Paramount and Vocalion. He died in 1934.


Patton recorded "Tom Rushen Blues" in 1929 (june 14)  for Paramount.

It was released on the B-side of the Paramount 12877 record.